I have debated this moment for years, and now I have finally decided to delete my account from Facebook. I will make a post a week announcing my departure this July 4th. For those friends who want to keep the lines of communication open, you can email me at [not mentioned here to avoid potential spam]
This free email system is based in Switzerland and does not sell your personal data or information. Here is a part of their mission statement. [protonmail.com]
“We are scientists, engineers, and developers drawn together by a shared vision of protecting civil liberties online. This is why we created ProtonMail, an easy to use secure email service with built-in end-to-end encryption and state of the art security features. Our goal is to build an internet that respects privacy and is secure against cyberattacks.”
You have to love the Swiss now even more than ever because they care about people and believe people are not products to be bartered and traded. From my initial research, it is very difficult to remove a Facebook account from their servers. I will attempt to do so over the course of the next month and let you know of my progress on my blog at livingasustainabledream.com
I admit I will miss some of the amazing, interesting, and crazy things that appear on my newsfeed and I hope you all will decide to keep in contact with me. I would love to send personal encrypted emails to you all. Thanks for your continuous encouragement to me as a teacher all of these years, but now I must practice what I preach about the importance of Internet privacy.
This short video clip explains much of the problems that have been developed within social media platforms. The truth is no longer truth, but whatever is bought and paid for is now considered truth. And the reality of what is really going on is buried, trolled, and ignored by the companies’ algorithms because it doesn’t make money.
It is a sad day, and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate day to make this announcement than Memorial Day. As we remember those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. Today, we need to remember what they fought for and take our freedom and privacy back from algorithms that label us and sell our personal information for profit. Peace.